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English Dictionary: dust by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dust
n
  1. fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air; "the furniture was covered with dust"
  2. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
    Synonym(s): debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus
  3. free microscopic particles of solid material; "astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"
v
  1. remove the dust from; "dust the cabinets"
  2. rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape; "The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"
  3. cover with a light dusting of a substance; "dust the bread with flour"
  4. distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
    Synonym(s): scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dust \Dust\, n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD.
      doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a
      blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh.
      akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [?].]
      1. Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so
            comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind;
            that which is crumbled too minute portions; fine powder;
            as, clouds of dust; bone dust.
  
                     Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
                                                                              --Gen. iii.
                                                                              19.
  
                     Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust.
                                                                              --Byron.
  
      2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] [bd]To
            touch a dust of England's ground.[b8] --Shak.
  
      3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead.
  
                     For now shall sleep in the dust.         --Job vii. 21.
  
      4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of
            the human body.
  
                     And you may carve a shrine about my dust.
                                                                              --Tennyson.
  
      5. Figuratively, a worthless thing.
  
                     And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak.
  
      6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition.
  
                     [God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam.
                                                                              ii. 8.
  
      7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash.
  
      {Down with the dust}, deposit the cash; pay down the money.
            [Slang] [bd]My lord, quoth the king, presently deposit
            your hundred pounds in gold, or else no going hence all
            the days of your life. . . . The Abbot down with his dust,
            and glad he escaped so, returned to Reading.[b8] --Fuller.
  
      {Dust brand} (Bot.), a fungous plant ({Ustilago Carbo}); --
            called also {smut}.
  
      {Gold dust}, fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in
            placer mining; -- often used as money, being transferred
            by weight.
  
      {In dust and ashes}. See under {Ashes}.
  
      {To bite the dust}. See under {Bite}, v. t.
  
      {To}
  
      {raise, [or] kick up, dust}, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]
           
  
      {To throw dust in one's eyes}, to mislead; to deceive.
            [Colloq.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dust \Dust\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dusted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Dusting}.]
      1. To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust
            from; as, to dust a table or a floor.
  
      2. To sprinkle with dust.
  
      3. To reduce to a fine powder; to levigate. --Sprat.
  
      {To dyst one's jacket}, to give one a flogging. [Slang.]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Dust
      Storms of sand and dust sometimes overtake Eastern travellers.
      They are very dreadful, many perishing under them. Jehovah
      threatens to bring on the land of Israel, as a punishment for
      forsaking him, a rain of "powder and dust" (Deut. 28:24).
     
         To cast dust on the head was a sign of mourning (Josh. 7:6);
      and to sit in dust, of extreme affliction (Isa. 47:1). "Dust" is
      used to denote the grave (Job 7:21). "To shake off the dust from
      one's feet" against another is to renounce all future
      intercourse with him (Matt. 10:14; Acts 13:51). To "lick the
      dust" is a sign of abject submission (Ps. 72:9); and to throw
      dust at one is a sign of abhorrence (2 Sam. 16:13; comp. Acts
      22:23).
     
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